There are many steps you can take at home to manage your pain.
Below are a string of resources, backed by research, that are designed to support you in taking that action and helping you to ease your pain.
The resources contain information about the nature of your condition, practical advice for managing it and simple exercises you can do in your home to aid your recovery.
The advice has been compiled by NHS England, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Versus Arthritis, Public Health England and the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA).
Resources for pain management
- Turning the Volume Down on Pain information leaflet, Body Logic
- Understanding pain: What to do about it in less than 5 minutes (YouTube), Australian animation
- Self Management education videos (YouTube), Pain Toolkit
- Gentle chair yoga (YouTube), Developed by chronic pain therapists
- Gentle yoga video (YouTube), Yoga with Adriene
- Information and advice leaflets, Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
- Information and advice leaflets on Opioids, Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
- Keele pain recorder app, Jigsaw-E
- My Live Well With Pain – an exceptional website for free pain management resources developed by NHS GPs, Psychologists, Pharmacists and Physiotherapists
- Pain Concern - a charity working closely with include IASP and the UK pain societies that produces useful leaflets, podcasts and magazines for people with pain
The above self-management exercises can help you to manage your condition at home. The majority of musculoskeletal conditions get better within six to eight weeks although sometimes they can persist for longer but this doesn’t mean there is something seriously wrong.
However, rarely, musculoskeletal symptoms can be caused by something more serious and it is important for you to know when to seek help. If you experience any of the following you should seek the advice of you GP.
- the pain you are experiencing is getting worse rather than better despite following the self-management guidance above for the condition in the time frame expected.
- symptoms have not been significantly helped by a trial of medication as expected.
- you feel unwell and suffer symptom such as fever, night sweats or weight loss.
- you experience pain at night, possibly worse than during the day that prevents you from sleeping due to increasing pain and/or difficulty lying flat.
- you experience a change in your ability to walk including balance problems or weakness/heaviness in your legs.
- you develop a hot and swollen joint for no apparent reason.
- early morning stiffness, lasting for longer than 30 minutes.
- new on-set severe headache.